“Masmavi, yemyeşil” – bluest blue, greenest green – is how the landscape in the north of Turkey is often described. Nestled between the verdant Kaçkar mountains and the Black Sea Coast is the homeland of the Laz people, a distinct ethnic minority with roots reaching back thousands of years. Sharing influences from its Ottoman history as well as its Georgian and Armenian neighbours, this famously independent people continue to celebrate their unique language, music and cuisine. Lazi food is notable for its extensive use of corn and the abundant anchovies (hamsi) that school in the Black Sea from September to April. Chef Murat Ozsuvari and Tolga Ay of M&T Food Services return to The Dep with a special meal showcasing many of the unique specialities of this region.
Muhlama – Soft polenta and cheese fondue
Collard Sarma – Collard green rolls stuffed with spiced beef and rice mixture
Pazı Kavurma – Sautéed Swiss chard with yogurt
Turşu Kavurma – Fried pickled green beans
Turşu – Mixed pickled vegetables
Mısır Ekmegi – Homemade cornbread with olive oil
Hamsi Pilaf – Seasoned rice baked in a an elaborate wrapping of thin, fresh anchovies
Laz Boregi – A custard and phyllo pastry dessert seasoned with black pepper
Lokum – One of Turkey’s most famous culinary exports, “Turkish Delight”
Tickets also include a Gift Card towards M&T catering services.
$40 + HST
Chef Murat Ozsuvari studied cooking in Vancouver and has worked in restaurants around the world, including the Ritz Hotel in Miami, and the renowned Ara Café in Istanbul. Together with Tolga Ay, they have recently co-founded a new catering company Toronto, M&T Food Services, offering a broad range of Turkish-inspired and international foods for home delivery or events.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.